Kai Havertz grew up with rescued donkeys in an animal shelter near his hometown of Aachen, Germany. His Chelsea teammates nicknamed him “Donkey” because he loves animals and they are intelligent beings. Now the donkey sanctuary in Sidmouth, Devon, has named a foal after the 24-year-old, who is expected to sign with Arsenal soon.
Havertz told the non-profit operating organization Donkey Sanctuary: “I’ve been following the work of The Donkey Sanctuary for some time and when they let me know that they want to name a foal after me I was delighted.”
“Donkeys are incredible animals and I’m so excited to lend my name so this little donkey can help raise awareness about the importance of donkey welfare, here and around the world.”
Marianne Steele, General Manager of The Donkey Sanctuary added: “Kai has proven to be a true donkey champion in every respect. We are delighted to be able to name our new foal after him and hope he continues to inspire people to do so will think differently about donkeys.”
The Germany international, who joined Chelsea from Bayer Leverkusen in 2020, is close to a €75m move to the Gunners. The attacking midfielder and striker, who scored nine goals in 47 games for the west Londoners last season, was also responsible for the winner of the 2021 Champions League final against Manchester City.
After a mixed trip to the DFB team, Havertz is currently on summer vacation, but is expected to sign the contract with the Gunners in the coming days. He could help Arsenal in several positions.